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Tara's Halls: Memories of Ireland: A Life Once Lived, and Hard Paperback – November 18, 2015
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About the Author
Tom Gallagher was born into a large family and raised on a small farm in the West of Ireland. An early life of scarcity and struggle led to his immigration to the United States in 1965 at the age of 18. Working days and attending school at night, he graduated from high school in New York and went on to obtain degrees in criminology and political science/public administration at Long Beach City College and California State University. He spent his career in international banking and financial services. Tom has four children and six grandchildren. He is retired and lives with his wife, Jun, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Find out more at: thegallagherplace.us
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There were so many parts of the book that literally made me laugh out loud, and one that comes to mind is Mr. Gallagher's telling of JFK and how revered he was in Ireland because he was of Irish descent, so clearly they "gave him to America." And how Irish homes had his photo on mantles next to The Pope and Jesus. It was hilarious to read, especially, as with all gifted storytellers, the way Gallagher shared it.
Ireland is a beautiful country and one that I hold near and dear to my heart, but inasmuch as I love Ireland, I also know the history of struggle and strife and hardships that the generations before mine endured and how that is also a part of the love and pride. I feel like Tara's Halls will lend a genuine and emotional view of the Gallagher family and those who were part of their lives, no matter how small a role. I would hope that people who have never read a memoir like this will take a chance and try it, as it's a fine example of such a novel. There is a list of definitions in the back of which explains some of the Irish slang throughout the book (though it's easy enough to dissect in context while reading), and I'm glad for it because it means that the book is written without holding anything back, as a true Irish tale should be told. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read about Ireland, living there, especially in the 1950's, and those looking for something that is endearing, will shake a tear from your eye and illicit a good laugh. It's ironic that it's a feel-good book in my opinion because of all of struggle and pain told. That is a gift of Irish storytelling, and this book is a wonderful contribution to that. I'm hopeful that the epilogue doesn't mean there won't be a second book from the author. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.